Department of Sociology

Lilla Pivnick

M.A., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Lilla Pivnick



Health, Medical Sociology, Children and Youth, Education, Work and Occupations


Lilla Pivnick is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a trainee at the Population Research Center. Pivnick is a social demographer who uses mixed methods to study socioeconomic, racial-ethnic, and sex-gender disparities in the health and well-being of children and adults, particularly adults in caregiving roles and occupations that shape the contexts in which children develop. Her interests reflect her previous experiences as a teacher and member of the care workforce. 

Her three lines of research ask (1) How do the occupational requirements of care work influence health in a diverse care workforce? (2) How does communication between early childhood caregivers contribute to children’s achievement?, and (3) How is physical appearance associated with adolescent well-being during the transition into high school?

Pivnick's research has appeared in Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Adolescent Research, and Early Childhood Research Quarterly and has received awards from the University of Texas at Austin and the American Sociological Association, including the 2020 Louise Johnson Scholar Award from ASA's Medical Sociology section.


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